Dear Wives, Girlfriends & Side Chicks, When It’s Time For Football…

On the football matter, it is sacred. It is simple as that.

The only thing permitted to interrupt the football match are replays of the game. Obviously, NEPA can also interrupt because they are unruly and don’t have self- respect, but that’s not the point.

The football game is not a time for you to make jokes. Even if you’re

the love child of Kevin Hart and Chris Rock the joke will not be funny.

The game is not a time for you to complain about lack of attention. Ask yourself why it’s only during football games you remember you need attention. It’s because you have allowed the devil use you.

Never support the opposition just so my team will lose. It is serious ground for contemplation of divorce, break up or desidechickification.

Don’t ask questions unrelated to football. Like seriously couldn’t they wait?

The live game is not the best time to be taught how football works. Don’t ask us to define the concept of offside, or why it wasn’t a penalty when we’re too busy contemplating why the ref is the 12th player for the other team.

Don’t ever…EVER say that “It’s just a game”. It’s not, it’s life or death.

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Polar Opposites: Mourinho & Manchester United

Written by Phillip Ettedem 

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho; Two polar oppositesThe 2014/2015 BPL could be ranked high up there as one of the most exciting and breathtaking seasons that has ever been witnessed not only in England but in the whole footballing World as we watched in awe as little known Leicester City won the title ahead of their more illustrious opponents plus with the new bumper TV deal coming in next season and the managers on display in Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and of course the latest managerial acquisition by Manchester United in the person of Jose Mourinho with this we are in for a treat for the next BPL season.

Someone might be wondering what I mean by polar opposites I will be explaining what I mean Manchester United as a football club had their foundations built on winning, longevity and blooding in homegrown players into the main squad the former referring to managers who stay long and are just not appointed to do a quick fix but to build a team which will be able to dominate England and Europe at large examples of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson come to mind and the latter referring to homegrown players being given an opportunity to shine such as the class of 92 and even players like Johnny Evans, Phil Neville, Darren Fletcher and even Wes brown were given a shot at holding down a regular first team in the 21st century but after the unpopular reign of David Moyes who was sacked after a season where Manchester United were at an all time low and Louis Van Gaal had two seasons of philosophical football which mostly was very boring with the backwards and sideway passing but he did manage to unearth players from the academy like Rashford, Varela,Brothwich Jackson, Jesse Lingard, Paddy McNair just to mention a few despite his FA Cup triumph but his failure to qualify for the UCL ended his adventure in Old Trafford.

Now this is the part where Mourinho comes in as he is almost the exact opposite apart from the winning perspective. He has won different titles in Italy, Portugal, Spain and even in England and not forgetting two UCL titles and him also being a pragmatic coach able to play attacking football and also the ability to grind out wins when they need it but then again you remember he is always a person that loves challenges and isn’t afraid to take them as they come and blooding in homegrown players is not his forte except for few exceptions like Carlos Alberto and Varane.

There is a saying that opposites attract let’s hope it does work out for both parties as this incoming season already promises to be the toughest one yet.

 

Enyimba: On the road to recovery

Written By Philip Ettedem 

On Sunday the 1st of November Enyimba may have had one hand on the Nigerian premier league after they defeated their rivals Abia Warriors in Umuahia which brings them closer to their 7th premier league title on the streets of Aba there are sure going to be celebrations everywhere with the popular chants of Nzogbu Nzogbu Enyimba Enyi by the supporters who have waited for so long due to the dominance by their Northern rivals Kano Pillars for 4 straight years but in the midst of the celebrations everywhere let’s not get caught up in the frenzy and forget that there are still challenges ahead for Enyimba as they should be seeking to not only defend their title (which I believe is sealed already even though there’s a mathematical possibility that they can still lose their grip on the title race) but should also strive to make an impact on the continent it’s sometimes very disappointing where our clubs representing us on the continent are eliminated both in CAF champions league and the confederations cup no Nigerian clubside made it to the group stage

  
Every Nigerian fan can remember fondly when Enyimba dominated the continental scene in 2003 and 2004 winning it back to back as they were properly motivated by the former governor Orji Uzor Kalu through financial means and otherwise which made them go as far as beating ASEC MINOSAS in Abidjan and also defeated Esperance ,Ismaily on their way to becoming African champions but their worst run came when Orji Uzor Kalu left office with the new governor not having the same passion as his predecessor which saw them crash out in the group stage of the 2005 and 2006 season made a semi final appearance in 2008 and went on a 3 year hiatus before making another semi final appearance in 2011.
The point I am trying to make here is that their success should be sustained and transferred to the continent as Enyimba have players good enough to make an impact like Musa Najare also match winner Mfon Udoh not forgetting their captain Chinedu Udoji who has been like a Rock of Gibraltar in the defence they are as good as Vincent Enyeama, David Tyakase,Joetex Frimpong and Obinna Nwaneri just to mention a few . To ensure success in the domestic and continental level they have to strive to keep the key players from not going for trial abroad and ensure they play pre-season games which will keep the players fit with the knowledge that the Nigerian League won’t start when the Champions league qualifier comes around this and many more like administrative guile in the mould of Felix Anyansi Agwu and players shouldn’t just be bought for the sake of it but they must be motivated to go and perform exploits and strengthen the team and not to use it as an avenue to go for trials abroad this and many more will ensure their road to recovery is not short lived so that come November we will all be singing Nzogbu Nzogbu Enyimba Enyi when hopefully they will win the CAF champions league

 

The implication of Sepp Blatter’s resignation from FIFA

It came as a very big shocker on Tuesday when Sepp Blatter who was just re-elected as the president of FIFA for a 5th term resigned. It left the whole football community & the world at large in shock. The reasons he cited for his resignation centred around leaving for the greater good of the game and as a result of his actions there are major implications.
The first major implication is that the new president is expected to look into the various corruption allegations against past FIFA officials like Jack Warner and the present ones to see if there was any misappropriation of funds or stealing of public funds the way he deals with is the issue as the eyes of the world are waiting to see if he is strong enough to punish the high ranking FIFA officials and not forgetting UEFA
Another major implication is that there is expected to be a review of the Michael Garcia report on the Qatar 2022 World Cup where it was alleged that Qatar bribed some officials to vote for them and even the Russia 2018 World Cup has been accused of some lobbying where officials are bribed. A full scale investigation will be made on this.
Will  FIFA become a place where other confederations like Caf, AFC will be relegated to the background. Remeber most African and Asian countries voted for Blatter the major factor stating the fact that he brought the World Cup to both continents and not only that brought about developments in the game of football through FIFA projects like the FIFA goal project. The new president might not be that affiliated to this confederations.

What To Expect from Nigerias U20 

Written By Philip Ettedem


In some days time our U20 team will be participating in the FIFA U20 World Cup and so much is expected of this team especially  after their stellar showing at the AYC U20 where they won the championship in Senegal and also.

But I am not writing to analyse their chances of winning the trophy but looking after the tournament or perhaps 5 to 10 years time if this players can actually make the step up to the National team 
        

Chrisantus

It is true that this set of U20 players are.very talented with players like Iheanacho, Chidera Ezeh, Taiwo Awoniyi and Dele Alampasu just to mention a few are some of the talented players in the team some others like Iheanacho have already signed for English Giants Man City.

 

Ihenacho (Getty Images)
 

 After this tournament what happens to this players do they wilt away like players like Solomon Okoronkwo, Macauley Chrisantus, Chinedu Obasi who had good U20 tournaments and didn’t use the tournaments as a stepping stone but rather they regressed further in their careers.

I believe our target should not be to win this tournament but ensure our players are mentally& physically ready to make the career step up and one day be the one donning the green white green jersey with pride and turn their potential to real talent good enough to play in the biggest clubs 

Solomon Okoronkwo

 
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